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Growing up in Germany, Cremeschnitte was my favorite dessert. It’s a perfect combination of puff pastry, pudding, whipping cream, and chocolate. There are lots of different recipes circulating on the internet for this dessert, but this is how I remember my favorite Cremeschnitte.



1 package of puff pastry (usually comes with two sheets)

3  3.4 oz vanilla pudding packages

16 oz whipping cream ( adding sugar is optional)

chocolate chips

milk for pudding

coconut oil to melt the chips

flour for dusting the rolling pin


Start with frozen puff pastry. Defrost the pastry (read directions on the box) and roll it a bit thinner and longer.


Poke the dough with a fork. This will keep it from getting too poofy in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, or until dough is golden brown.


Well, my dough still came out a bit poofy. That’s ok.


I pressed with a spoon to “deflate” the dough. Bake the second dough. Prepare vanilla pudding and beat the whipping cream.


Place one puff pastry in the dish in which you want to prepare your Cremeschnitte. Top with vanilla pudding and whipping cream. Place in the fridge.


Melt some chocolate chips with coconut oil and spread over second dough. When the chocolate is firm, cut the dough into squares. Pre-cutting the top dough makes it easier to scoop out the Cremeschnitte. Place the dessert in the fridge for about 2 hours or overnight.


Have you ever tried Cremeschnitte? 


Upgrading a chain link fence

chain link fence makeover

A year ago, I wrote about affordable chain link fence makeover options. You can read this post here. I finally found the time and motivation to work on my chain link fence. Let me show you what I’ve done so far.


BEFORE:chain link fence makeover

The previous home owners built a “dog park” on their property. Although we have two dogs, they don’t enjoy spending more than five minutes inside the park. My goal is to turn the area into a garden. It’s the perfect location – it gets plenty of sunshine, and the chain link fence offers protection from deer and other animals. I’m envisioning a lovely garden, full of flowers and vegetables. Someday. In the meantime, the chain link fence isn’t pretty to look at, and since I had a pile of leftover fence boards, I decided to use it on the metal fence.

Last year, I came across this video and thought this would be an easy and affordable makeover for my fence.

chain link makeover



It’s really simple. I used 1 1/2 inch pipe straps,  3/4 inch screws, and fence boards (around $1.50 per board).



I made lots of cuts, so the BladeRunner was perfect for this project. Because it’s lightweight and sets ups in seconds, I was able to carry the saw all the way to the fence and make the cuts there.


chain link makeover


For now I’m leaving the back of the fence area alone. It’s pretty much covered by trees and ivy. All I have left to do is the left side of the fence and the gate. I’m glad I was able to reuse the old fence boards.

chain link fence makeover

Do you see the yellow dog house? This, too, was left behind by the previous homeowner. Last month, I was able to give the dog house a makeover. You can read about it house makeover I donated it to our local animal shelter and just found out that this dog house is going to be used for a deaf dog. The house will be picked up this week. I’m beyond thrilled!

Have a great week! xoSabine


Aromatherapy: sleep

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

I first smelled this lotion on a toddler, at the preschool I work. She smelled heavenly, and her skin was so soft. One day, I asked her mom what lotion she uses. Next thing I know, she brings in this pretty blue 6.5 oz bottle. I love this lotion and thought I’d share it with you.

It’s the Bath & Body Works aromatherapy sleep lavender vanilla body lotion, which comes in a high quality glass bottle and a plastic pump. The scent is soothing and relaxing and helps me get to sleep easier. The lotion is non sticky and makes my skin feels nice.

This lotion and a cup of tea… my kind of evening. But, there’s more. Bath & Body Works carries other aromatherapy lotions that would be fun to try.Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Lotion - Bath And Body WorksAromatherapy Orange Ginger Body Lotion - Bath And Body Works

Aromatherapy Black Currant Vanilla Body Lotion - Bath And Body Works

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